There’s no doubt that Connecticut offers some of the most scenic country roads, thriving metropolitan areas, and historic markers in the nation. But along with the state’s vibrant attractions comes an aging infrastructure, increased traffic, and distracted drivers. All of these elements are substantial contributors to the small state’s high rate of traffic and pedestrian accidents.
In fact, several organizations have reportedly ranked Connecticut’s roads – both in and out of the city – as being some of the worst in the nation. Sadly, the Connecticut Crash Data Repository run by the University of Connecticut reported that 311 people lost their lives on Connecticut highways in 2016. This is the highest number in four years.
At The Flood Law Firm, we know firsthand that most roadway accidents could have been prevented. If you’ve been in an accident that is no fault of your own, please contact our office at (877) 987-9529 to speak to one of our experienced accident attorneys.
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Connecticut’s Accident Highway
One of the most prevalent problems commuters face in Connecticut today is treacherous roadways. Many of the state’s most popular highways are deteriorated or are designed so poorly that drivers have to slow, stop, or maneuver to avoid crashing or harming other vehicles. This causes a chain reaction, which immediately raises the threat of accidents, especially at high speeds. Drivers are often forced to slam on their brakes or swerve onto the shoulder to avoid rear-ending a car.
To make matters worse, Connecticut’s harsh winter weather increases the chance of hazardous sliding when drivers are forced to brake quickly. Add an inattentive driver or heavy truck to the mix and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Where are Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads?
Danger doesn’t play favorites when it comes to Connecticut’s most dangerous roads. Unsafe roads are dispersed throughout the state and exist in many forms:
- Interstate highways
- Local freeways
- Rural back roads
- Residential school areas.
As a result, drivers are forced to endure unsafe conditions, while many times suffering needless auto accident injuries and loss by no fault of their own.
Heavily traveled highways, such as Interstate-95, are especially problematic. Excessive exits (some less than a mile apart), potholes, crevices and high traffic compound the danger. In fact, I-95 is so dangerous that it recently become a national statistic.
A National Highway Safety Administration study based on “the most dangerous highways in America” named I-95 as the most dangerous highway in Connecticut. It was also rated the 19th most dangerous highway in America. The study showed that I-95 alone had 147 crashes and 164 fatalities in the past ten years.
Where are Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Intersections?
Connecticut is swarming with dangerous intersections, many having a reputation for being the most dangerous in the state. For instance, Route 17 at Main Street Extension and Route 9 Interchange in Middletown is well-known for its exceedingly high rate of accidents. The ramp is known as a “prolific source of fender benders” due to its poor design. The state of Connecticut has designated it the number one spot with severe safety needs, but funding restraints have stalled a total revamp.
A five-year study showed the following intersections to be the most dangerous:
Middletown, Route 17 at Main St. Extension and Route 9 Interchange
Hartford, Route 44 at Market St. E & W Junction #1
|204||Angle (26%); Turning/same direction (25%)||29%|
Seymour, Route 8 Between Route 67 & Route 67 Interchange
|377||Fixed object (62%)||31%|
Waterbury, Route 66 between Lakewood Rd. and Shopping Center
|337||Rear-end (41%); Turning/opposite direction (26%)||29%|
Wethersfield, Route 287 at Thornbush Rd.
|39||Rear-end (38%); Turning/intersecting paths (26%)||44%|
Vernon, Route 83 Between I-84 Ramp 253 & Ramp 253 B
|161||Turning/intersecting paths (55%); Rear-end (34%)||30%|
Wallingford, Route 5 at SR 702, Wharton Brook and Toelles Rd.
|124||Turning/opposite direction (58%)||44%|
Bridgeport, Route 127 at Barnum Avenue
|82||Rear-end (34%); Angle or side impact (32%)||43%|
New Haven, Route 15 at Route 69-Whalley Avenue
Bridgeport, Route 127 at Stillman Street
|49||Angle or side impact (55%)||45%|
|Location||Middletown, Route 17 at Main St. Extension and Route 9 Interchange|
|Common causes||Rear-end (99%)|
|Location||Hartford, Route 44 at Market St. E & W Junction #1|
|Common causes||Angle (26%); Turning/same direction (25%)|
|Location||Seymour, Route 8 Between Route 67 & Route 67 Interchange|
|Common causes||Fixed object (62%)|
|Location||Waterbury, Route 66 between Lakewood Rd. and Shopping Center|
|Common causes||Rear-end (41%); Turning/opposite direction (26%)|
|Location||Wethersfield, Route 287 at Thornbush Rd.|
|Common causes||Rear-end (38%); Turning/intersecting paths (26%)|
|Location||Vernon, Route 83 Between I-84 Ramp 253 & Ramp 253 B|
|Common causes||Turning/intersecting paths (55%); Rear-end (34%)|
|Location||Wallingford, Route 5 at SR 702, Wharton Brook and Toelles Rd.|
|Common causes||Turning/opposite direction (58%)|
|Location||Bridgeport, Route 127 at Barnum Avenue|
|Common causes||Rear-end (34%); Angle or side impact (32%)|
|Location||New Haven, Route 15 at Route 69-Whalley Avenue|
|Common causes||Rear-end (96%)|
|Location||Bridgeport, Route 127 at Stillman Street|
|Common causes||Angle or side impact (55%)|
Where are Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Back Roads?
It might be easy to think that taking a less populated back road is safer than a busy one; however, this isn’t necessarily the case in Connecticut. Many of Connecticut’s roads are over 300 years old. Once perfectly suited for horses and buggies, these old roads have become dangerous obstacle courses for gas-powered vehicles, agile motorcycles and bicycles.
As a result, those who drive on Connecticut’s back roads – especially unfamiliar tourists here to see the fall foliage – must be extremely focused at all times. Rural roads are famous for narrow lanes, limited shoulders, sharp curves, pavement drop-offs and steep slopes, blind corners and more. Back-road drivers who don’t pay close attention may unfortunately face serious consequences.
Connecticut back roads that are touted as being dangerous include the following:
- Route 6 through Bolton, Andover, Columbia and Coventry (Connecticut drivers may know this road better as “Suicide 6,” thanks to its high rate of crashes).
- Route 85: Through Waterford, Montville and Salem
- Route 66: Through Middlefield, Middletown, Portland and East Hampton
- Route 191: In East Windsor and Enfield
- Route 83: Through Glastonbury, Manchester, Vernon, Ellington and Somers
- Route 10: Through Avon, Cheshire, Farmington, Granby, Hamden, Plainville, Simsbury and Southington
Where are Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads to Walk?
People behind the wheel aren’t the only ones who need to exercise extreme caution on Connecticut roads. Local roads are well known for being pedestrian unfriendly due to distracted drivers and a lack of safe walkways and crosswalks. Pedestrians in Connecticut cities, villages and rural areas can easily be injured or lose their lives if a careless driver makes even the smallest mistake.
For instance, 10 pedestrians were struck and killed by cars on busy US-1 between 2012 and 2014. In a Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a road safety group said that’s the most pedestrian deaths on any road in the state. SR-10 is not much better, with five pedestrian fatalities to its name in the same stretch of time.
Both of these roads are flanked by major interstates—I-95 is adjacent to Route 1, while Route 10 has junctions with 95, 84 and 691. These interstates have several exits feeding onto smaller roads. Cars merging from the highway have barely transitioned to a slower speed when they enter these smaller roads, and too often, pedestrians have paid the price.
Even more shocking, a 2016 study by the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center showed that more than 70 pedestrian-involved crashes occurred along a specific 120-mile stretch of Route 1. Five of the crashes resulted in fatalities.
Where are Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads Around Schools?
Many of Connecticut’s most dangerous roads weave through our neighborhood’s surrounding schools and put little ones at risk. Families living near these roads should always follow extreme caution when walking children to school.
Here are a few tips to help ensure your children get to school safely:
- Get to know the dangerous school zones
- Drive your children to school
- If they walk to school, plan a safe route for your children
- Talk to your children about road and pedestrian safety rules
- Teach your children to stay in groups
- Exercise extra caution at dawn and dusk
The Flood Law Firm: Connecticut’s Leading Accident Attorneys
At The Flood Law Firm, our leading accident attorneys work tirelessly on behalf of our clients, whose cases often involve poor road conditions, negligent drivers or both.
We’ve represented hundreds of clients who have suffered from the following unsafe road or driving conditions in Connecticut:
- Poor road and intersection design
- Structurally deficient bridges
- Narrow roads that are unable to handle traffic capacity
- Deteriorated pavement
- Excessive highway exits
- Lack of roadway safety features
- Extensive road construction
- Precarious traffic situations
- Reckless drivers traveling at high speed or running red lights
- Drivers texting while commuting
- Long response time for emergency vehicles
Speak To Our Accident And Injury Attorneys If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been hurt or seriously injured in an accident, we offer our sincere condolences during this difficult time. We are also here to help in your recovery. If you were the victim of a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today at 860-346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to talk about your potential case.